The art deco-style municipal building in Kenmore is among 27 properties statewide recently recommended for addition to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Tonawanda Town Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana, who learned late last week of the recommendation by the state Board for Historic Preservation, announced the news during Monday’s Town Board meeting.
“We are very proud of that,” Caruana said.
The recommendation caps an effort begun by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society.
“We are delighted,” said Melissa Foster, the civic group’s founder, on Monday. “This is the first step in our plan to continue historic preservation and cultivation in the Village of Kenmore.”
The E.B. Green-designed building, built in 1936, is owned and maintained by the town, and sits on a village lot at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. Both the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore have offices in it.
While the civic group initiated the drive for inclusion on the historic registers in 2011, the town took the reins in 2012 and paid the application-related costs.
According to the state office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, listing properties on the registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for public preservation programs, matching grants and rehabilitation tax credits.
In another matter, lawmakers heard again from people asking them to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.
“To me, it seems like such a benign request,” said Chris Uhrich of Howard Lane, who said it could be a good lesson for his children. “They think food comes from a supermarket,” he said.
Jeff Byrnes brought his two daughters up to the podium as he restated his case. The Avon Road resident and his mother, Linda, spoke in favor of raising chickens at the March 11 meeting. He said he’s collected more signatures from residents who support it.
“I have contacted the supervisor of Amherst, who is sending me their law,” Caruana said, noting that he’s gotten several phone calls from people who oppose it.